House Approves Bill to Alter Electric-Assist Bicycle Regulations, Grove Says
10/15/2014
HARRISBURG – With the use of electric-assist bicycles growing across Pennsylvania, Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) authored legislation, previously known as House Bill 213, which would alter current state regulations and make these vehicles more accessible for consumers. This week, the House voted to concur with Senate amendments to House Bill 573, which includes Grove’s legislation to reclassify these vehicles.
 
“These electric-assist bicycles are currently classified as motorized pedal-cycles (mopeds), which means they must be registered, insured and titled,” Grove said. “Pennsylvania is one of only five states which require this level of regulation. Because of these regulations, those who want to own one of these vehicles find themselves in a difficult situation. They cannot register the bike because it has no Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), yet several owners have been cited by law enforcement because the bikes have not been registered. This bill gives owners the peace of mind that they are operating them lawfully.”

Grove’s legislation creates a new definition in the Vehicle Code titled “Pedal-Cycle with Electric Assist.” Included in this definition are bicycles equipped with an electric motor not exceeding 750 watts/1 horsepower, weigh not more than 100 pounds, are capable of a maximum speed of not more than 20 mph, and have operable pedals.
The legislation also includes an age limit, stating that no person under the age of 16 will be able to operate a pedal-cycle with electric-assist.
 
The governor has 10 days to sign the measure into law. For more legislative news, go to www.RepGrove.com.
 
Representative Seth Grove
196th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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